60 days in Zambia, Botswana & South Africa Itinerary

60 days in Zambia, Botswana & South Africa Itinerary

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Livingstone, Zambia
— 8 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Livingstone, Zambia — 8 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Step out of Livingstone with an excursion to Batoka Gorge in Kazungula--about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, relax and rejuvenate at Namakau's Health Spa, admire all the interesting features of Mukuni Village, and take in the exciting artwork at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Livingstone travel route builder app.

London, UK to Livingstone is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Livingstone. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Livingstone reach 32°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.
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Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 4 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at CARACAL Biodiversity Center and explore and take pictures at Boab Prison Tree.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park online road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Livingstone to Chobe National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.
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Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:

Johannesburg, South Africa — 6 nights

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Voortrekker Monument (in Pretoria) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). Spend the 2nd (Sat) trying your luck at Gold Reef City. Spend the 31st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and try to win big at Montecasino.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip tool.

You can fly from Chobe National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 7 nights

One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Take a break from Kruger National Park with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at AM Spa Kruger, trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and see human ingenuity at work at Klaserie Dam.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit, South Africa — 6 nights

Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa). There's lots more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online trip builder.

You can take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hazyview.
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Hazyview, South Africa — 5 nights

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Venture out of the city with trips to Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton) and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary (in Nelspruit). There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, contemplate the long history of Shangana Cultural Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hazyview road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Hazyview takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Port Elizabeth.
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa — 5 nights

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Explore Port Elizabeth's surroundings by going to Wild Dreams Africa (in Addo), Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo (in Addo Elephant National Park) and Sundays River Mouth and Beach (in Colchester). Spend the 25th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. Spend the 27th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marks Congregational Church, and contemplate the long history of Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth attractions planner.

Fly from Hazyview to Port Elizabeth in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa — 5 nights

As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail, Suspension Bridge, &more) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). There's more to do: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and stop by La Carla Mask Atelier.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay vacation tool.

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa — 3 nights

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Explore Oudtshoorn's surroundings by going to Meiringspoort (in De Rust) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, cruise along Swartberg Pass, and relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Farm.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn driving holiday planner.

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in May since evenings lows in Oudtshoorn dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 10 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and stroll through Signal Hill.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip maker tool.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.
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Botswana travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.
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South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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